A few deep playoff runs and one shot at a state title later, and the Daily Light Media Group has proudly compiled and produced the first-ever All-Ellis County boys' soccer teams.

The announcement is the latest to be released related to the fast-approaching and first-of-its-kind countywide celebration of prep sports all-stars on June 11 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.

The 44 student-athletes and three head coaches honored are featured on two graphics that can be found on B6-7 of today's paper. They are also listed below.

The Daily Light staff first announced the inaugural All-Ellis County high school all-star preps awards — which will include individual players- and coaches-of-the-year recipients — in late December.

Methodist Midlothian Medical Center has since joined as the title sponsor for the event. Community partners for the event currently include Red Oak ISD and Hardesty Law Office, while table sponsors are Pearman Oil & L.P. Gas, Inc., David Hill Custom Homes and Midlothian Chamber of Commerce.

The banquet features Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee as the keynote speaker. He will also be available for photo opportunities with award-winners.

The yearlong celebration of athletic achievements will culminate at the 2019 All-Ellis County All-Star Preps awards banquet to be held from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the Waxahachie Civic Center. The evening will celebrate the accomplishments of more than 300 county athletes and coaches across 19 sports and 15 campuses.

Awards will be presented to the Player of the Year in each sport, as well as the countywide Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year. All of the All-Ellis County selected athletes will be invited to attend this special awards event for free.

The sports from which All-Ellis County teams are selected include football, volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' soccer, baseball and softball.

All-Ellis County selected athletes have already begun receiving letters with instructions on how to claim their free ticket.

General admission tickets may be purchased for $60. A general admission ticket includes dinner, awards ceremony, and presentation by Sean Lee.

General admission seating is first come, first served in proximity to the speaker. General public tickets will go on sale at a later date after the All-Ellis County athletes and their guests have reserved their tickets. Seating is limited.

More information about the event can be found by visiting WaxahachieTX.com/preps.

So how were the student-athletes chosen?

We first compiled a list of all players who received all-state, all-region and regional tournament awards and then sorted those student-athletes based on season statistics and nominations submitted by area coaches.

Tiebreakers came down to firsthand observations, classifications, overall team success and input from county coaches.

The honorable mention list consists of players who just missed the cut for the second team.

When it was all said and done, 44 boys' soccer student-athletes and three coaches found their names on the list. And there could have easily of been more added.

The honorees include:


•Arron Young Midlothian

•Garrett Garvin Midlothian Heritage

•Ryan Hay Waxahachie


•CaShan Clark Midlothian Heritage

•Austin Guest Midlothian

•Seth Riley Waxahachie


•Garrett Garvin Midlothian Heritage

•Rodrigo Lozano Ennis

•Justin Barnett Midlothian

•Arron Young Midlothian

•Raul Acosta Life Waxahachie

•Christian Naizer Midlothian

•Matt Stanton Midlothian Heritage

•Ryan Hay Waxahachie

•Jordan Beechum Waxahachie

•Zach Schmidt Midlothian Heritage

•Mason Crowther Midlothian


•Alexis Palos Ferris

•TJ Lacey Waxahachie

•Bryson Bolton Ennis

•Tanner Henderson Midlothian

•Fineas Pop Life Waxahachie

•Giovanny Perez Red Oak

•Crisanto Perez Waxahachie

•Michael McKay Waxahachie

•Trace LaFrenz Midlothian Heritage

•Konner Koethe Midlothian Heritage

•Joshua Redding Waxahachie


•Blayne Martinez Ennis

•Nathan Gutierrez Ennis

•Jonney Alferez Ennis

•Yari Rodriguez Life Waxahachie

•Maximus Hernandez Venus

•Alberto Rodriguez Venus

•Gustavo Martinez Ferris

•Jacob Plaster Ferris

•Justin Cooper Midlothian Heritage

•Calvin Duggins Midlothian Heritage

•Aidan Goodman Midlothian Heritage

•Daniel Hunter Midlothian Heritage

•Brock Smalley Midlothian Heritage

•Mark Lopez Red Oak

•Marco Marquez Red Oak

•Emmanuel Nwokonko Waxahachie

•Mark Mclachlan Waxahachie

•Austin Andrus Waxahachie

•Erick Guerra Midlothian

•Matthew Buck Midlothian

•Shane Reasonover Midlothian

•Nathan Gravley Midlothian

One thing is certain: It was an excellent year for boys' soccer in Ellis County.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Colten Crist at (469) 517-1440 or ccrist@waxahachietx.com.