If you ask some people, they would tell you dreams do come true. As a matter of fact, we have two people that can tell you theirs came true this season. Just last year (2015) if you would have heard the name Eric Ennis, all you would have thought about was him being an elementary school P.E. teacher, a personal trainer, a strength and conditioning coach (Crusaders), and a loving and devoted husband. By almost the end of the San Antonio Crusaders 2015 season, their was another thing Eric Ennis could add on to that list, an interim head coach.
As interim head coach, not only did he begin his coaching career but he had bigger plans knowing the Crusaders organization would be in a market for a new head coach. He set his goals high and was named the head coach of the San Antonio Crusaders at the end of 2015. The first thing he set out to do was make sure he had the support and the assistance he needed to coach the team. He called in his brother Blake Ennis. Blake is a military veteran (Air Force) and also played basketball overseas. Last year for the Crusaders he did the starting line ups and was the DJ. They have thought about coaching together for years. They actually thought their first coaching job together would be dealing with MMA fighters. Being that this has been both of their dreams for so long they made sure they did everything in their power to have the best season they could possibly have. Together they have put together a great resume in their first year coaching together.
Even before the WBCBL season had started, together they coach the Crusaders to in a pre-season tournament, which they went undefeated and was tournament champions. They also defeated the Lackland Air Force team and the Katy Saints in two pre-season games. They knew that they had a special team from the beginning. They spent countless hours coming up with game plans and other things that would make the Crusaders players better as individuals (on and off the court) and as a team. Right now they have coached the San Antonio Crusaders to an undefeated regular season and is looking forward to help them get crowned National Champions in August. No matter what the result is at the end of the season the Crusaders organization is very grateful and blessed that they was able to have Coach Eric Ennis and Coach Blake Ennis as a part of the organization. They have truly inspired not only the players, but also staff members and people in the communities. A dynamic duo of true leadership and character.
- San Antonio Crusader Staff
Augusta, Ga. July 21, 2016- Sweeping through the region, The Georgia Soul Women’s Basketball Organization is well on their way to one of their primary goals for their breakout season, of making it to the National tournament for the first time. The Soul is currently first place in the Atlantic Region, which is comprised of four teams. They are only two games shy from The WBCBL National Tournament in San Antonio, TX.
This Saturday, the Georgia Soul will be traveling to Beaufort, SC to take on the number 4 seeded Beaufort Bison at 10:30AM for Game 1 of the regional tournament at Beaufort High School. If the Soul triumphs over the Beaufort Bison, they will advance to the regional Championship game, facing the winner of game 2, the South Carolina Storm or the Capital City Cougars, at 4:30PM.
The Georgia Soul is currently undefeated within the region and holds a 9-3 record overall, and tied for 4th overall in the WBCBL. Lacoya Terry holds the most points by any player in WBCBL Atlantic Region this season with 262 points and is 9th in the leagues overall scoring, and leads the team with 21.8ppg and 3.8 apg.
The Soul is shaking up the region, as the new addition. Gratified owner Ernesia Wright states, “Regardless of what happens on Saturday we have already made history, I am proud of these ladies and the dedicated staff and supportive fans we have.” The Soul just might have what it takes to represent the proverbial “Soulful” City of Augusta, GA in San Antonio, TX, for the WBCBL Nationals.
For more information on the Georgia Soul, visit www.georgiasoulbasketball.com.
If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ernesia Wright at (706) 755-8059 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Usually you hear about post players having a great day on the boards, rebound after rebound after rebound. Well in this case big things come in small packages. On July 2, 2016 against the Arkansas Stingers the starting shooting guard for the San Antonio Crusaders Len'Nique Brown (5'7") recorded 19 rebounds which made her #3 on the WBCBL all-time rebounding list for players under 6'0". Len'Nique Brown has been very dominant on the court recording a couple of double-doubles and one triple-double (Points-18, Assists-10,Rebounds-10) the very next week against the Dallas Crest. She currently has 81 total rebounds and is tied for 3rd in the league with teammate Adah Wells. Not to be out done, San Antonio Crusaders starting point guard Erica Cray (5'3") decided it was time for her to break into the record books also. July 16th, 2016 was the last home game for the Crusaders and Erica Cray recorded 20 rebounds which made her #2 on the WBCBL all-time rebounding list for players under 6'0". She had a stellar performance that game recording 9 points, 20 rebounds, 7 assists, and 7 steals. In the WBCBL she is currently #1 in total assists with 54 and is tied for #2 in steals with 21. The game is measured by the heart, not the frame, this is why big things comes from small packages!
- San Antonio Crusaders Staff