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The Waxahachie Lady Indians took advantage of the friendly home environs of Mike Turner Gymnasium on Tuesday night as they swept all three sets over Cedar Hill, 25-16, 25-17, 25-14, to stay perfect in District 11-6A volleyball play. The Lady Indians (22-12, 2-0) got off to a strong start in the first set with dominating net play by senior Jh’Kyah Head and junior Amber Morgan as well as a block by sophomore Tionna Owens. In the second set, Owens, junior Savannah Johnson and sophomore Hannah Morgan got into the act with a block each, and a block by Head gave the Lady Indians the set-clinching point. Senior captain Brooklyn Baskin’s ace on the final point of the third set completed the sweep. The Lady Indians were scheduled to travel to Waco Midway on Friday evening. They will return home to take on Duncanville on Tuesday with the varsity match beginning at 5:30 p.m. WHS, 6A No. 20-ranked DeSoto and Mansfield High entered Friday’s games as the only teams left in 11-6A undefeated in district play. A midterm exam awaits the Lady Indians at the end of this month when they will travel to those two schools back-to back: at Mansfield on Sept. 28 and at DeSoto on Oct. 1 to end the first half of the district schedule....

9/20/2021

By Travis M. Smith | KBEC Sports HEWITT — The District 11-6A opener between Waxahachie and Hewitt Midway appeared all but over by halftime at Panther Stadium. The Indians had, after all, just held the Panthers to negative rushing yards and fewer than 50 total yards of offense over the first two quarters. Midway then found something special in the locker room, though. And, as fate would have it, it ultimately took a Brendan White blocked punt late in the fourth quarter to spark the 24-21 come-from-behind win for the Indians in their first battle of 2021 in the “District of Doom.” QUITE THE START The victory, which improved Waxahachie to 3-1 on the season, marked the first time in program history for the Tribe to begin district play with a win since jumping up to Class 6A (4 seasons). The lone loss on the season thus far for the Indians came this past week against 5A No. 6 (4-0) Ennis in overtime, 22-21. Waxahachie last started a season 3-1 or better in 2016 under Jon Kitna. The Indians went on to finish 6-4 and miss the postseason, as all four losses came in district play. The Tribe defense has now allowed 22 points or fewer in all four contests, helping the Indian offense outscore the opposition 87-68 — or 21.8 points per game to 17.0. HOW FRIDAY HAPPENED The Indians dominated the first half — and that might be a bit of an understatement. Midway mustered just 43 total yards of offense in the opening half, which included negative-20 rushing yards. Waxahachie, meanwhile, hung a pair of first-quarter touchdowns and added a 33-yard Jesse Garfias field goal for a 17-0 halftime lead. Hartsfield (9-19, 189yds) began the Indians’ third drive of the game with a 42-yard completion to Blair Hawkins (2-50). Five consecutive runs concluded with Hartsfield powering through the Panther defensive line for a 1-yard touchdown run. Jesse Garfias capped the 7-play, 77-yard drive with a field goal for a 7-0 Waxahachie lead with 5:59 to play in the first quarter. The Indian offense struck again on the ensuing drive when Hartsfield capped an 11-play, 77-yard drive with another 1-yard quarterback dive. Waxahachie was suddenly up 14-0 with 11 ticks to play in the first quarter. It felt like a comfortable lead to those in green-and-white, especially with the Indian defense suffocating the Panthers. A few possessions later, Garfias split the uprights for a 33-yard field goal — his first of the season — for a 17-0 Waxahachie lead with 6:49 remaining in the first half. Garfias, who struggled to open the season as a first-year placekicker, was met near the hash marks by a visibly elated Shane Tolleson. This past week, the first-year Waxahachie head coach told KBEC Sports that he would not knowingly put a player in a position to fail — ever. The statement came after Tolleson was asked if he had considered using Garfias to attempt a 40-ish-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter against Ennis with the game tied at 14-all. It now appears Garfias has shown he’s more than capable of kicking from distance and earned the coaching staff’s trust in the process. He also averaged 49.4 yards on six punts, which continually kept field position in the Indians’ favor. Senior defensive tackle Demarcus Becks celebrates during the first half. (Travis M. Smith/KBEC Sports) The second half? Well, that was all Midway, especially in the third quarter. The Panthers scored three consecutive touchdowns to take a 21-17 lead with 6:45 to play in the third quarter. Reid Tedford opened the scoring with an 8-yard run to cap a five-play, 65-yard drive. Dominque Hill (22-117) then rushed in from 61 yards out for the Panthers’ second score of the game. A fumbled kickoff return allowed Tedford (10-14, 118yds) to connect with Hill for a 17-yard touchdown and Midway’s first lead of the game (21-17). The two teams traded punts and field position over the ensuing five possessions. And it would’ve been a sixth possession — at least, that’s how the Panthers would’ve preferred to see it unfold. Midway actually lined up on fourth-and-2 from midfield with the intent to convert the first down. A false start penalty on the Midway left guard backed the offense up five yards and sent the punting team onto the field. That’s when White busted through the right side and blocked the attempt with 8:21 to play in the fourth quarter. The ball was recovered by the Indians at the Midway 44-yard line. White ultimately recorded two sacks, three tackles-for-loss and seven total tackles — and, of course, the game-changing blocked punt. Those 44 yards were not easily traversed by the Indians. The drive began with a promising 12-yard pass from Hartsfield to tight end Joseph Lankford and 6-yard Iverson Young (22-87) run. The two plays had Waxahachie at the Midway 26-yard line. A pair of offensive penalties followed, backing the offense into a third-and-30 situation. Hartsfield connected with Young for a 19-yard gain on third down, leaving the offense a fourth-and-11 hole with the game teetering in the balance. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior quarterback then found Keith Abney II (2-60) for a 14-yard gain to move the sticks and keep the Tribe’s hopes alive. Young broke a couple tackles for a 12-yard gain. The junior running back followed by doing the same for a 7-yard touchdown with 4:58 to play in the ballgame. Garfias again split the uprights and put the Indians back on top, 24-21. The Waxahachie defense stepped up to force a quick three-and-out, allowing Hartsfield and company to run out the remaining 4:05 to seal the district-opening victory. Waxahachie ultimately outgained Midway, 295 total yards to 222. Both teams picked up 11 first downs. UP NEXT Waxahachie will put its 3-1 season record and 1-0 start to District 11-6A on the line against (0-4, 0-1) Mansfield Lake Ridge. The Eagles have faced four formidable foes to open the season, falling to Union (Tulsa, OK, 48-20), Prosper (63-7), Denton Guyer (37-6) and Cedar Hill (38-20). Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Friday at Stuart B. Lumpkins Stadium. ...

9/20/2021

The Waxahachie Lady Indian Green Team shot 381-364 to finish in 5th place at the Granbury Tournament held at Harbor Lakes. Vanessa Garza led the way with an 89-86. Azzy Lozano shot 98 on Friday but came back with career round of 84 on Saturday. Other too score was Ava Workman with a 99-93. The White team shot 432-446 to finish 7th. Rhonda Springer led the way with 95-96. The Lady Indians will be in action September 24-25 at Squaw Valley in Glen Rose. ...

9/20/2021

A special ceremony was held during Friday’s varsity football game between the Waxahachie Indians and Ennis Lions to honor the late David Ream for his contributions to Waxahachie athletics. Ream was a high school football coach and educator for more than 37 years and joined Waxahachie ISD in 2000 as its head varsity football coach. He served 15 seasons, fielded 12 playoff teams, and won more than 100 games during his tenure. He passed away July 23, 2021. Between the game’s first and second quarters, WISD athletic director Greg Reed presented Ream’s family with a game ball signed by the football team in his honor. Shown from left are Reed, Waxahachie head football coach Shane Tolleson, daughter Ali Ream, wife Janie Ream, brother Jerry Ream, and Ennis head football coach Sam Harrell, whose teams had faced off against Ream’s multiple times in the Battle of 287’s storied rivalry. Unable to be at the game was Ream’s other daughter, Kelsey Ream Solis....

9/14/2021

The girls’ Class 5A-6A division of the James Smith Invitational on the grounds of Midlothian ISD Multipurpose Stadium turned into a duel of sorts between two outstanding cross-country teams from Midlothian and Waxahachie High Schools. There was plenty of success for both teams to point to. The Lady Indians notched two of the top three finishes in the race by sophomore Emilee Jones and senior Cori Morgan, but the Lady Panthers ran well as a pack and grabbed second place in Thursday’s meet, ahead of third-place WHS. Jones finished second on the 5,000-meter course in a time of 18 minutes, 23.78 seconds and was just a step behind Dallas Hockaday School’s Margaret Thompson at the finish line. Morgan was third in 19:37.67, more than a minute behind the lead duo. Freshman Lyndsay Giles (32nd in 22:40.70), sophomore Whitley Blankenship (35th in 22:45.65) and senior Tessa Dominy (38th in 22:53.72) rounded out the scoring for WHS, with senior Cameron McBride also participating in the race....

9/14/2021

The Waxahachie High School volleyball team opened their pursuit of a 20th straight playoff qualification on a winning note on Friday night as they swept all three sets from the Waco High Lady Lions in the District 11-6A debut for both teams at Mike Turner Gymnasium. WHS completely controlled the match, winning 25-5, 25-10, 25-8. The Lady Indians (21-12. 1-0) bounced back strongly from a mini-skid to end non-district play, which included road losses at Class 5A No. 1-ranked Highland Park and at Keller Timber Creek. The Lady Indians were scheduled to host Cedar Hill on Tuesday evening. They will get their longest road trip of the district schedule out of the way on Friday evening, traveling to Waco Midway for a 5:30 p.m. first serve, then will return home to Mike Turner Gymnasium next Tuesday against Duncanville. The Lady Indians continue to receive a mention in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 6A poll this week. The only 11-6A team that is ranked in the poll is DeSoto (22-3-1, 1-0), which checks in this week at No. 20. In other district matches on Friday, Midway swept Cedar Hill 3-0, DeSoto beat Mansfield Lake Ridge 3-0 and Mansfield topped Duncanville in four sets. ...

9/14/2021

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